St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  


Church Address:  703 East Main Street, West Frankfort, IL 62896

Phone: (618) 932-2828

Fax: (618) 937-0200




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Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Thank you for your interest in St. John the Baptist Parish. We invite you to become involved with your faith life in our parish and continue your spiritual growth through the many resources offered here. St. John the Baptist Church offers weekday and Sunday Masses as well as Eucharistic Adoration. The parish has programs in education and pastoral ministry for children, youth and adults as well as a vibrant social ministry outreach. The programs and services of the parish continue to grow. St. John’s school provides an excellent education in an intentionally Catholic environment. Each new parishioner adds a richness to our faith community which allows us to reflect more fully the Body of Christ in today’s society.

Mass Times

Thursday - 5:30 P.M.

Friday - 8:15 A.M.

Saturday - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday - 10:00 A.M.

Eucharistic Adoration

Friday 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.


Thursday - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday- 4:20 P.M.

Parish Office

Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:30 P.M. in the St. Joseph meeting room, Benton, Il.
Topic: "Penance & Anointing of the Sick"
Presenter: Fr. Eusebius Mbidoaka
Any questions: Sr. Laura Reynolds @923-4345
Visitors are always welcome!

* St. Bernadette's Meeting
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.

* Catholic Schools Week Activities
Sunday, January 28:
Catholic Schools Week Mass at 10:00 A.M.
Brunch at school after Mass
Monday, January 29-Patriotic Day:
Wear red, white, blue
Civic leaders and 1st responders breakfast
History Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, January 30— Student Appreciation Day:
PJ Day-wear your pajamas
Camp Ondessonk
Student Lunch
Afternoon movie
Wednesday, January 31-Career Day:
Dress for career
Guest speakers
Career fashion show
Thursday, February 1-Spirit Day:
Dress in St. John's Spirit wear or wear red & black
Bowling in the afternoon
Decorate Trivia Table in the afternoon
Student Vs Parents basketball game 6:00 P.M.
Friday, February 2-Teacher Appreciation Day:
Dress like a teacher
Mass at 8:15 A.M.
Rosary in the afternoon
Bible Trivia in the afternoon
Eat nachos for snack.
*Fundraiser for Catholic Relief Services-Vote for an 8th grade student to get a pie in the face!

* St. Andrew Ravioli Dinner
Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
St. Andrew Parish Hall, Christopher, Il.
All you can eat!
Ravioli, Ham, Green Beans, Salad, Bread, Dessert & a Drink.
Adults $12.00, Children (12 & under) $6.00

* Catholic Schools Week
National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The observance starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2018 will be January 28 to February 3. Catholic schools all across America typically celebrate Catholic Schools Week with special Masses, Open Houses, and other fun activities for students, families, parishioners, and the community at large. This celebration week was established in 1974 to recognize Catholic education as a great gift to the Church and the nation.
The theme for 2018, "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service", encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of a Catholic education. First, schools are communities -- small families in their own right, but also members of the larger community of home, church, city, and nation. Faith, knowledge, and service are three measures by which any Catholic school can and should be judged. These priorities are what make Catholic schools stand out from other education institutions.
Historically, Catholic schools are known for their high level of academic achievement, moral values, and high graduation rates", said Karen Ristau, of the National Catholic Educational Association. 'What may not be as widely recognized are the outstanding successes recorded by students of low income families and students from inner cities. That's certainly a plus for many portions of the American population", she noted.
The executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has also noted that "nearly 30 percent of the nation's 2.1 million Catholic school students come from minority populations. Enrollment of students who are not Catholic has increased to over 14 percent, an indication that many diverse families seek the benefits of a quality education with moral underpinnings." The 7,094 Catholic elementary and secondary schools make up over 44 percent of all private schools in the United States.

* Chicken & Beer
Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 5:30-10:30 P.M.
Dinner is "All you can eat" chicken with your choice of beer, tea, or lemonade
Bring a dish to share
Music begins at 6:30 and we Polka for the first hour!
This is a fundraiser for our school given by the Parent's Association!

* St. John's School Mega RAFFLE
2 Chances for $50
You could win up to $13,000!
$500 drawings in October, November, and December, 2017
$500, $1,000, and $10,000 drawings in March, 2018
Maximum of 500 tickets sold
Need not be present to win
For tickets, contact the school, (618) 937-2017 or Valarie Haley, (615) 479-0710.

* West Frankfort Columbian Club
Every Tuesday Night Bingo
7:00 pm
West Frankfort Columbian Hall

School News from the Principal

Our Monthly Mission for January is collecting items for Night's Shield.

Wednesday, February 7-Parent's Association Meeting at 6:30 P.M., Social Room
Saturday, February 17 @ 5:00 P.M.: School mass
Saturday, February 24-IGSMA District Solo & Ensemble Contest
Saturday, February 24 - First Reconciliation

We would like to invite everyone that is able to attend the School Mass on Fridays at 8:15 am. Each Friday, the classes take turns in being in charge of the Mass Readings and other duties. The students would love to share this time with each of you. The preschool has not started yet. They will be coming in after the Christmas break.

Please remember that we are collecting Box Tops for Education. Please collect these and send them with your child to turn in to their class. We get $0.10 for each box top collected. It is an easy way to help out the school and students.

We have two easy fundraising activities that you can do that will help out the school. First, if you have a Kroger Card you can designate St. John the Baptist School on the card and the school will receive a percentage of what you purchase. The next activity is an app that you can install on your smartphone. It is called Shop-A-Roo. Once the app is installed all you have to do is take a picture of your receipt. Examples are Walmart, Krogers, restaurants, etc.

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Founded 1916 - A parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.